Dissent Expression as an Indicator of Work Engagement and Intention to Leave

Jeffrey Kassing, Nicole M. Piemonte, Carmen C. Goman, Curtis A. Mitchell

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This study examined how dissent expression related to employees' self reports of work engagement and intention to leave. A sample of full-time employees completed a multi-instrument questionnaire. Findings indicated that dissent expression related to both employees' work engagement and their intention to leave. In particular, dissent expressed to management and coworkers associated with work engagement, whereas dissent expressed to nonmanagement audiences associated with intention to leave. Additional analysis revealed that for managers, work engagement was primarily a function of refraining from expressing dissent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-253
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Business Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • employee voice
  • intent to leave
  • organizational dissent
  • work engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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